Benwick Athletic Football Club

Benwick Athletic Football Club

The Benwick Athletic Football club was formed in 1936, and ever since has gone from strength to strength, now boasting eight teams. In 1936, they made it to the final of the Doddington Cup, however the final match clashed with the planned wedding day of their goal keeper – Cyril Chaplin. Of course, he prioritised things; and postponed his marriage to Ethel so that he could play for his team – unfortunately they still lost!

When World War II struck in 1939, BAFC was disbanded until 1946 since many of the players where out at war, or involved with things such as the Benwick Special Police or the Royal Observer Corps.

In 1950 the Peterborough league had a div 3 north and a div 3 south Benwick had a team in div 3 south also a reserves team in the Isle League. In 1956/57 the the first team were a very strong side, and went from Christmas until the end of the season without losing a single game.They came third in the league, but the real highlights of the season was winning against Yaxley top of the league in the Peterborough Minor Cup on a ground in Peterborough. The club hired a double decker bus to take the team and supporters on Good Friday morning, when they got home the supporters. spent the rest of the day taking the cup from pub to pub. They then went on to reach the semi final of the Cambs County Cup and finished the season by beating Oundle in Coates Memorial Cup. Oundle that season had won promotion to the Peterborough division one!

The season after the club was reformed Ron Broughton joined as a committee member and later took charge of the first team and was also club Secretary.

The BAFC have won many championships over their existence, Division Two Championship in 1969, and the Minor Cup in 1970. They finally got promoted to the first division in the 1970/71 season at which time they could support a second team which ran in division two, and this continued until the late 80′s. In 1990, after the club had suffered from a loss of interest, and the second team had been disbanded, an emergency meeting was held to decide the fate of the club. All agreed to try and carry on with the seniors.

The 1994/95 season was a great sucess, following from new members they won three major cups and the league! Throughout the season they only drew one game – having won all the others! Also in this season, Ricky Crofts formed the first Under 11′s team, and in 1995/96 the under 10′s and under 12′s were formed, the former of which were very successful finishing mid table. In 2007 the first girls team was formed; for those under 13.

In 2003 BAFC received The Charter Standard Award from the FA, this lasted for three years and was renewed in 2006.

They play on Dack Field in Doddington.

Photos of the BAFC Teams